Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has commissioned the newly-reconstructed Lumbadzi Sewer System with the hope of putting to an end health hazards Lumbadzi residents were exposed to due to a poor sewer system.
Speaking when he launched the sewer system, Lilongwe City mayor Desmond Bikoko said the project is one of his plans for the city.
“This development has been in the pipeline for the past 20 years because the previous sewer system had provided just too many health risks to the people of Lumbadzi. And LCC being the landlord, we thought it wise to put an end to this.
“I am extremely happy because to have this sewer line fixed was part of my 10-point plan for Lilongwe City when I assumed office in January. However, we have not done this alone as the Government of Malawi and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development provided us with tremendous support,” he said.
Bikoko said this was one of the initiatives the council is undertaking to ensure that what recently happened in Area 18, where piped water was contaminated with human waste from sewer lines due to faulty pipes, does not happen again.
In his remarks, group village head Dzoole said the community leaders would take the frontline in protecting the sewer line.
“Before this sewer line, our people faced dangerous healthy risks such as cholera because of the poor drainage system. This also led to the high multiplication of mosquitoes, and subsequently, growing numbers of malaria cases.